Abelson: So the department went through, “Let’s invent the core curriculum.” It might have been ’78 or ’79. Then Gerry Sussman and I got the ability to do the new course, which was going to be called 6.001. We basically did it without telling people what we were doing, which is why they let us.
Seibel: What do you think they would have objected to?
Abelson: Oh, people object to whatever you do.
One of the reasons you need skunkworks. An interview with the legendary Hal Abelson, in Code Quarterly, The Hackademic journal